Elderly Woman Won’t Get Tires Changed, State Trooper Is Listening

After an elderly woman took her car into a shop for a minor repair, she received the unfortunate news that she needed all new tires. When the 92-year-old informed the mechanic that she wouldn’t be getting the tires changed, she had no idea a state trooper was listening to her conversation.

Mary Summers, a 92-year-old Texas woman, had the misfortune of picking up a nail in one of her tires. Needing the tire repaired, she paid a visit to Integrity Tires in Richmond, Texas, where she was given even more bad news. Repairing the punctured tire wasn’t an option. It needed to be replaced — and so did the other three tires on her car.

According to Omar Oregueda, the mechanic assisting Mary, all four tires on her vehicle were in irreparable shape, making the car unsafe to drive, KHOU reported. Making matters worse, this wasn’t going to be a cheap fix. New tires for Mary’s vehicle were going to set her back at least $600. This wasn’t what Mary wanted to hear.Omar Oregueda breaks the news to Mary Summers as a Texas trooper overhears their conversation

Omar was the unlucky mechanic who was forced to give the elderly woman the bad news. “The tire on her vehicle wasn’t repairable, and the other tires were shot,” Omar explained. “They were already completely destroyed.” Of course, this didn’t make Mary too happy.

Knowing there was no way she could afford four new tires, Mary insisted that Omar give her the price for only the one that had picked up the nail. Little did Mary know, though, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was sitting behind her and heard the entire fretful conversation between the elderly woman and the mechanic.Omar Oregueda was forced to break the news to Mary Summers that she needed four new tires

The trooper knew he couldn’t let Mary drive off in a car that was unsafe and posed a danger not just to her but to the public. So, he decided it was time to take matters into his own hands. After walking up to the counter, the trooper soon left. Shortly after, Omar returned to talk to Mary.

Much to Mary’s surprise, the mechanic told her she would be getting four new tires that day — and they would all be replaced at no cost to her. “He said, ‘They’re paid for and everything.’ And, I said, ‘Who paid for it?’ And, he said, ‘The trooper that was in here,’” she recalled. “And, I can hardly talk about it now because I want to cry because he did that. And, he did it, and he left.”